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The Mechanism 

O Mecanismo (original title)
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Dramatic fiction series loosely inspired by an investigation of corruption in Brazil's private and state oil companies and construction companies.


José Padilha
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Series cast summary:
Caroline Abras Caroline Abras ...  Verena Cardoni 15 episodes, 2018-2019
Selton Mello ...  Marco Ruffo 14 episodes, 2018-2019
Enrique Diaz Enrique Diaz ...  Roberto Ibrahim 14 episodes, 2018-2019
Jonathan Haagensen ...  Vander Santana / ... 14 episodes, 2018-2019
Otto Jr. ...  Juiz Paulo Rigo 13 episodes, 2018-2019
Antonio Saboia ...  Dimas 13 episodes, 2018-2019
Lee Taylor Lee Taylor ...  Claudio Amadeu 13 episodes, 2018-2019
Osvaldo Mil Osvaldo Mil ...  Luis Carlos Guilhome 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Suzana Ribeiro Suzana Ribeiro ...  Regina 11 episodes, 2018-2019
Giulio Lopes ...  Roberval Bruno 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Alessandra Colassanti Alessandra Colassanti ...  Wilma Kitano 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Arthur Kohl Arthur Kohl ...  João Higino 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Sura Berditchevsky ...  Janete Ruscov 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Karla Tenório Karla Tenório ...  Renata 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Tonio Carvalho Tonio Carvalho ...  Samuel Themes 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Denise Blasor ...  Janete Ruscov 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Emílio Orciollo Netto Emílio Orciollo Netto ...  Ricardo Brecht 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Leonardo Medeiros ...  João Pedro Rangel 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Carlos Meceni Carlos Meceni ...  Tom Carvalho 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Léo Rosa Léo Rosa ...  Flávio 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Sean Burgos ...  Roberto Ibrahim 8 episodes, 2018
Vinicius Zinn ...  Vander 8 episodes, 2018
Raquel Rocha Raquel Rocha ...  Stela Maris 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Jayme Periard ...  Dudinha Souza 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Michel Bercovitch Michel Bercovitch ...  Lucio Lemes 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Cristina Flores Cristina Flores ...  Vanessa Rigo 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Aryè Campos ...  Vanessa Rigo 7 episodes, 2018-2019


Dramatic fiction series loosely inspired by an investigation of corruption in Brazil's private and state oil companies and construction companies.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The first time the viewers see the character Janete Ruskov, the equivalent of former President Dilma Rousseff, she is rehearsing a speech about a new technology that will allow for "storing the wind". This is a nod to a rambling speech Ms. Rousseff gave at the United Nations in 2015 about the difficulties of implementing wind energy because of the impossibility of storing wind. See more »


Referenced in Sala de Roteiro (2020) See more »

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Beware of all the noise surrounding show's reviews and ratings
25 March 2018 | by shake001See all my reviews

This series talks about a very polarizing and hot topic in Brazil. The Car Wash investigation is still ongoing, and nearly half the country believes some of its allegations are "fake news". As a result, despite the show's bipartisan view, many party loyalists are furious about the show and have flooded it with 1 star ratings and bad reviews. On the other hand, people who agree with the show's message are giving it an overly good rating without judging the actual quality of the show. Overall, the show follows the same formula as Padilha's more famous Narcos, so if you're a fan, chances are you will enjoy this one as well. The only difference is the lack of action-packed gun fight scenes and focus on politics and money laundering, but the narration and the police investigation aspects are still there. The show really takes off after the end of episode 2, where it loses the introductory aspect, so I recommend making it past those first episodes before making any conclusions.

The show does not portray any of the real life persons and parties as super heroes. In fact, it has an openly anti-ideology overall message, and every character in this show has significant flaws, so personally it's really hard for me to believe this show would be somehow biased towards any party or ideology. My guess is if you believe the facts involving the car wash operation are legitimate, and don't happen to be loyal to any of the people who inspired the show, you'll find this a great political thriller with interesting characters (some entirely fictional, some based on real people) and beautiful cinematography of multiple Brazilian cities.

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Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sao Paulo São Paulo Brazil See more »

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